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Whidbey Island’s Keystone Cafe Is For Sale (and More Updates)

Blackboard Bistro is closing, Starbucks is taking over China now, and more

Keystone Cafe.
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  • A real estate listing buries the lede a bit: This four-bedroom, four-bathroom home on 2.5 acres in Coupeville is for sale for $699,000 — oh, P.S., no biggie, but one of Whidbey Island’s fish-and-chips joints, Keystone Cafe, is included, and the new owner “can operate the well-established operation or lease out.”
  • As millennials in China increasingly switch from tea to coffee, Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts are expanding aggressively in the area to capitalize on the trend.
  • Jude’s Old Town in Rainier Beach is the proud host of Seattle’s fifth “streatery,” the silly but official SDOT term for a cool program converting parking spaces into outdoor dining and public gathering spaces.
  • Because Google doesn’t have a monopoly on terrible practices, Taylor Shellfish is settling allegations of racial harassment against a black maintenance mechanic for $160,000. The news came on the same day the company applied for a liquor license for its long-awaited Bellevue location at 500 Bellevue Way NE.
  • A West Seattle staple, Blackboard Bistro, is for sale, as owners Jacob and Ginger Wiegner have had to cut back operations to care for family, a grim specter that looms over everyone in a country where the ruling class is determined to slash what limited healthcare currently exists.

Taylor Shellfish

1521 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (206) 501-4321 Visit Website

Starbucks HQ

2401 Utah Ave South, Seattle, WA 98134 (206) 624-9496 Visit Website

Blackboard Bistro

3247 California Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98116 (206) 257-4832 Visit Website

Jude's Old Town

9252 57th Avenue South, , WA 98118 (206) 379-6629 Visit Website